• First Parish of Norwell
    Hate Has No Home Here

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for more than 375 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being."
First Parish of Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

We Are UU

Unitarian Universalist principles encourage the right of conscience and utilizing the democratic process to achieve social justice, equity, and equal opportunity for all individuals in our local, national, and global communities. At First Parish of Norwell, we support individual and group efforts to bring about a world where no person is denied the right to participate and enjoy the fruits of a just and equitable society.

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell
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Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

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Minister's Bio

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Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    June 9: Pride Sunday and Flower Communion - Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Howard
    Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Howard joins us to talk about the gifts and challenges of being part of the LGBTQ community in today's society. As it's Pride Month, we're inviting all to come dressed in festive and celebratory colors. We'll also have our annual Flower Communion Service, so don't forget to bring flowers or other greenery to share. It's going to be a beautiful, colorful day of celebrating diversity and radical welcome. It is also Outreach Sunday; our collection will benefit TRUUST.
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    June 16: Music Sunday - Joanne Howard, Worship Leader
    Our choir will sing songs from the movie The Greatest Showman, featuring the life of Universalist, PT Barnum. Joanne will weave in tidbits of Barnum's life to share with us all.
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    June 23: General Assembly Worship Service
    Live-streaming from the Parish Hall at 1 p.m. This year's GA theme is "The Power of We." Because GA is in the Pacific Northwest this year, the service will be starting later, at 1 pm local time.
  • Office Summer Schedule
    The summer schedule in the Church Office will start on Wednesday, June 19. After that, Hope Weinman (Office Administrator) and Donna McDonald (Assistant Treasurer) will be in the office for short periods each week. Feel free to email them with any questions or leave a voice mail. They will get back to you when they are in next. They will NOT be checking voice mails and emails remotely.

    Sunday, June 30: Please join us for a summer morning of friendship and fun with Betsy Gordon, Bob Cullum and Linda Goodwin. Meet in the First Parish parking lot promptly at 10 am. At that time, you can join any one of the following three groups: 1.Take a vigorous walk through the Norris Reservation to Betsy and Ralph Gordon’s home (111 Chittenden Lane) on the North River where refreshments will be served. 2.Take a shorter, more leisurely walk to the Gordon home on the North River for refreshments. 3.Skip the walk but relax with church friends over refreshments at either the church or the Gordon's home (your choice).

    Sunday, July 7: Les Taylor will do a presentation on "Travel Highlights from Chile and Easter Island" in the Parish Hall.

    Sunday, July 14: Alan Prouty will do a presentation on "Indonesia – Unity from Diversity" in the Parish Hall.

    Sunday, July 21: Music with Gingy and Frank Grimes in the Parish Hall; Readings/Worship Leader: Mary Mercier

    Saturday, July 27: Annual First Parish Regatta on the North River. Point People: Scott and Marcia Babcock. Time: 8:00 a.m. Complete information here!

    Sunday, July 28: Regatta raindate

    Sunday, August 4: Music Service with Gingy Grimes and John McCann in the Parish Hall. Readings: Debbie Chase

    Sunday, August 11: Gabe Millins will lead a poetry circle in the Parish Hall.

    Sunday, August 18: Linda Twomey will lead a small group ministry discussion in the Parish Hall

    Sunday, August 25: Rev. Lise will be preaching about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Meetinghouse.

    Sunday, September 1: Labor Day clean-up with Linda Twomey, assisted by Noel Constantino and Bob Cullum

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